Rally for Israel at State Capitol
LET Israel finish the job against the Hamas terrorist infrastructure! was the overarching theme of Americans Against Terrorism’s rally for Israel, Sunday afternoon, July 27.
”Let Israel win” were the words proclaimed numerous times from the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol to an estimated crowd of 1,500 Israel supporters.
But the three words were more than a wish for strength for the Israeli soldiers fighting in Gaza. They were a message to President Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry that this is no time for negotiations or ceasefires; it is time to stand back and allow Israel to destroy the sophisticated terror infrastructure of Hamas once and for all.
The rally’s agenda included speeches by radio talk show hosts, politicians, clergy and Israel activists, all delivered against the dull drone of chanting and shouting by approximately 50 anti-Israel protesters across Lincoln St. from the Capitol.
KNUS radio talk show host and former Denver Deputy DA Craig Silverman served as emcee.
“What do we have in common with Israel?” Silverman asked. “We both love freedom of speech, we both love freedom of religion, we both love freedom of assembly.”
Of Hamas, Silverman proclaimed, “They hate us! Americans, Israelis, Jews, Christians, atheists, agnostics . . . but we will not submit. Hamas and Islamic Jihad must not win in Gaza or anywhere.”
FROM the political arena, Cong. Mike Coffman (R-6th Congressional District) declared, “I am proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Israel.” He emphasized that he will continue to support the Iron Dome program.
Coffman called Gaza under Hamas control “a terrorist state,” and said “Israel should never, ever negotiate with terrorists.”
State Rep. Rhonda Fields of Aurora — the only Democrat to accept an invitation to participate in the rally, according Silverman — called for a moment of silence for all the children killed or injured in the Gaza war.
While supporting Israel’s right to defend itself “just like any other country,” Fields was booed by some in the crowd when she said, “Now is the time for peace; it’s time for diplomacy.”
Former Colorado Speaker of the House and now State Sen. Frank McNulty of Highlands Ranch took the opposite approach: “Now is not the time for negotiations. You cannot negotiate with terrorists who use their own people as human shields and hide their rockets in hospitals.”
Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, pointing to the pro-Palestinian demonstrators across the street, said, “We can disagree with you without wanting to kill you.”
He added, “We should not be concerned with being on the wrong side of history, we should be concerned with being on the wrong side of righteousness.”
His message to Sec. of State John Kerry: “Sit idly by and let Israel finish this thing.”
Other political figures who spoke included gubernatorial candidates Bob Beauprez and Mike Dunafin, who is currently the mayor of Glendale, and former gubernatorial candidate and congressman Tom Tancredo.
Beauprez said, “To remain silent in the face of jihadism is not tolerance; it’s cowardice.” He compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Winston Churchill, and spoke of the need for “clarity, conviction, courage and compassion.”
Dunafin said, “Denying a man the right to defend his home and his family means the end of civilization. Humanity is hanging in the balance.”
Tancredo said the conflict is greater than the current Gaza war. “It is a battle between radical Islam and Western civilization. . . . If Israel were to fall, we’re next.”
A RABBI and two Christian clergymen represented portions of the pro-Israel religious community.
Rabbi Yaakov Meyer of Aish Denver said:
“We are grateful for the Iron Dome — and for the dome over the dome. Even though I know this is a political rally, we must thank G-d for His support of Israel. We must thank the dome above the dome.”
Rabbi Meyer recited Psalm 121 in English and Hebrew, and said a prayer for the IDF.
Pastor Gino Geraci of Calvary South Denver proclaimed, “We are friends of Israel — we want to be publicly on record — today, tomorrow, forever!”
Pastor Jason King of Faith Bible Chapel noted that Christians United for Israel has 1.8 million members nationwide.
Many radio personalities spoke.
Dan Caplis, a KNUS radio host and attorney quoted the ubiquitous radio commercial about home mortgages, saying “support for Israel is the biggest no-brainer in the history of earth.”
He wants “to make sure that the US doesn’t continue to go down the path of being a Holocaust enabler.”
Another KNUS radio host Steve Kelley came from a Christian perspective, believing in “absolutes.”
“This is nothing less than a fight against evil,” he said.
KOA Radio personality Ross Kaminsky read from the founding document of Hamas, indicating its goal of killing Jews.
From 560 KLZ, Randy Corporon invoked President Ronald Reagan’s “one rule of war, ‘they lose and we win!’ Israel should not be listening to the public stage, to the UN, to the mainstream media. They should call this what it is, and wipe it out, once and for all.”
Jimmy Segenberger of KNUS asked why the media overlooks such aggression in the Arab world as the Syrian atrocities and those committed by ISIS in Iraq.
THE rally for Israel was the idea of Dr. Neil Dobro, founder and chair of Americans Against Terrorism. He was assisted by Tsivya Frieder and many other volunteers.
Dobro thanked the Denver Police Dept. for its cooperation.
Dobro recited a history of the Israel-Palestinian conflict from 1948, saying that concessions had weakened Israel, most recently with the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005.
“There is a time for negotiations. There are times when negotiations can be a destructive tactic against Israel.
“Israel has been negotiating since [the Oslo Accords of] 1993 — 21 years — and still, there is no peace.”